St. Marys, West Virginia
ProtoKinetix, Incorporated (PKTX) (the “Company” or “ProtoKinetix”) (www.protokinetix.com) today announced that the Governors of the University of Alberta have received a “No Objection Letter” from Health Canada to its Clinical Trial Application entitled: “Clinical Study using Antiaging Glycopeptide (PKX-001) in Islet Transplantation”. This authorization will allow the clinical trial group to enroll patients into the study. The study will test the effects of using PKX-001 (designation given to the drug product AAGP® molecule) on islet cells treated prior to transplantation into human test subjects as an addition to the already established Edmonton Protocol for the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes.
“We have been very fortunate to have worked with ProtoKinetix on a series of highly compelling bench-top studies with their anti-aging glycopeptide compound AAGP® in our islet research lab. Based on that data, and the early exciting finding that AAGP® can protect human islets in a powerful way against both the stress of engraftment and toxic effects of antirejection drugs, we have now reached a pivotal step of beginning human trials in the clinic. The trial is approved and we now eagerly await the early results in patients. If the findings translate to the clinic in a manner that reflects the preclinical studies, AAGP® has the potential to substantially improve outcomes in patients receiving islet transplants today, and future stem cell therapies.” Dr. James Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC, Director of Clinical Islet Transplant Program, University of Alberta.
“This is a major milestone for ProtoKinetix as we advance our lead development program into clinic trials and affirms our ability to meet development timelines. This would not have been possible without the participation and dedication of not only our management team but also the team at the University of Alberta. My sincere thanks to them all.” Clarence Smith, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of ProtoKinetix.
About the PKX-001 Study
PKX-001 is the designation given to the drug product molecule of the AAGP® family. Islet cell transplants are well recognized as a viable and effective treatment for T1 diabetes. The PKX-001 Study will treat islet cells with PKX-001 prior to transplantation into human test subjects. The clinical trials will be assessing any side effects or physiological damage to the test subjects. The study will also be looking for indications of protection from tacrolimus toxicity and enhanced engraftment survival of the transplanted cells. The trail follows extensive preclinical evaluation in animal models.
ProtoKinetix, Incorporated is a molecular biotechnology company that has developed and patented a family of hyper stable, potent glycopeptides (AAGP®) that enhance both engraftment and protection of transplanted cells used in regenerative medicine. Due to the results achieved over the last four years of testing, the University of Alberta has received an Investigational Testing Authorization from Health Canada to enter into a Phase 1/2 human clinical trial at the University of Alberta. Additional studies will be expanded to include whole organ transplantation and other cell therapies used in regenerative medicine.
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For further information, please contact:
Clarence E. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer